Full Members Cup: 1985/86
David Speedie scored a hat-trick and Colin Lee netted a brace as we beat Manchester City 5-4 in the first ever Full Members’ Cup final.
The Full Members’ Cup had been created following the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster, which led to English clubs being banned from European competition, as an additional tournament for clubs in the top two English divisions, although in 1985/86 those sides who would have been playing European football took part in the Football League Super Cup instead.
Almost 70,000 packed into Wembley to see us take on City, with 60,000 of those cheering on John Hollins’ side.
Surprisingly, both teams had been in league action the day before the game; Colin Pates scored the only goal as we won away at Southampton, while City drew 2-2 against rivals Manchester United.
Having sustained an injury in the game at the Dell, Kerry Dixon played no part in the final, meaning Lee started up front alongside Speedie, and the duo caused City all manner of problems.
It was City, managed by Billy McNeill, who took a 10th minute lead, but Speedie and Lee hit back to give us a slender advantage at the break.
Three further Chelsea goals in the second half made it 5-1, but a remarkable end to the game saw City score three times in the space of a crazy five-minute period to bring it back to 5-4. Luckily the Blues were able to hold on, and it was Pates holding the trophy aloft to cap a memorable weekend.
Our passage to the final had been relatively straightforward, with comfortable victories over Portsmouth and Charlton setting us on our way. We then drew 2-2 away at West Brom, but had already done enough to reach the semi-finals, where we faced Oxford United over two legs with a place in the final at stake.
Kerry Dixon was the hero in the first leg, the striker scoring a hat-trick at the Manor Ground in a 4-1 win, and while Oxford won the return at Stamford Bridge 1-0, it was the Blues progressing to Wembley.